Upcoming Events

April 2017

May 04, 2017, 8:00PM: Middlelands Festival Star Party

This one’s going to be very interesting…There is going to be a multi-day music festival at the grounds of the Texas Renaissance Festival called The Middlelands Festival. The event goes from May 5-7, but they’d like for us to have a stargazing event for their campers on the night before the festival starts. This would be on Thursday, May 4, from about 8pm to midnight. We’d give sky tours and show some objects through the telescopes. I know it’s a “school night,” but If you can join us, it should be very fun.

  • Event: Middlelands Festival Star Party
  • Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017 (Star Wars Day…May the Fourth Be With You…)
  • Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM 
  • Location: Texas Renaissance Festival Fair Grounds, 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission, TX 77363
  • Number of volunteers needed: 6-8

May 05, 2017, 7:00PM: Monthly Meeting 7:00PM at Mendenhall Community Center

Attention Members: Due to final exams, we will not be meeting at UH this May. Instead, We will meet at 7:00PM Friday May 5, 2017 at the Mendenhall Community Center. There will be no novice meeting this month.

General Meeting Topic: The Murray J Frank Planetarium
General Meeting Speaker:  Sharon Rigsby, Director of the Murray J Frank Planetarium
Location: Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd, Houston, TX 77055
Time and Date: 7:00PM Friday May 5, 2017

Directions to Mendenhall.

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May 09, 2017, 7:00PM: Board Meeting

HAS Board Meeting
Open to all members of HAS
Date: Tuesday May 9, 2017
Time: 7p–9p
Location: 1414 Wirt Road, Houston, Texas 77055.
Directions: Trini Mendenhall Community Center

May 17, 2017, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - May

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

June 21, 2017, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - June

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

July 15, 2017, 8:00PM: WSIG/Texas 45 Summer Class at the Dark Site

Let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together! We will meet in the new bunkhouse for a short class on how to find summer list objects. Bring binoculars, a red flashlight, and planisphere if you have them. The observatory will be open with two telescopes reserved but feel free to bring your own. And yes, this program is open to all members! WSIG members are the instructors.

  • Class starts at 7:30 pm in the new bunkhouse and we will move to the observatory at sunset at 8:23 pm to get ready to observe. We’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate in the observatory chart room
  • Don’t forget to contact Steve G to reserve a bunk at HASBooking@astronomyhouston.org
  • Space is limited to two new observers per instructor so get in your RSVP soon to ReneGedaly@gmail.com

Rain Date: Saturday 16 Sep 2017

July 19, 2017, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - July

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

August 16, 2017, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - August

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

August 26, 2017, 7:15PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and mosquito repellent, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

8:15-9:15 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.

9:15-9:45 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

9:45-11:00 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.

The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 12 am light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to stephenj@astronomyhouston.org (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

September 20, 2017, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - September

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

October 14, 2017, 6:00PM: WSIG/Texas 45 Fall Class at the Dark Site

Let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together! We will meet in the new bunkhouse for a short class on how to find fall list objects. Bring binoculars, a red flashlight, and planisphere if you have them. The observatory will be open with two telescopes reserved but feel free to bring your own. And yes, this program is open to all members! WSIG members are the instructors.

  • Class starts at 6:00 pm in the new bunkhouse and we will move to the observatory at sunset at 6:51 pm to get ready to observe.
  • We’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate in the observatory chart room
  • Don’t forget to contact Steve G to reserve a bunk at HASBooking@astronomyhouston.org(link sends e-mail)
  • Space is limited to two new observers per instructor so get in your RSVP soon to ReneGedaly@gmail.com

Rain Date: Saturday Oct 21, 2017

October 18, 2017, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - October

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

October 27, 2017, 7:00PM: All Clubs Meeting - NO MEETING AT UH

Details TBA.

October 28, 2017, 7:00PM: Astronomy Day

Details TBA

November 03, 2017: Space Radiation 101

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
Space Radiation 101
General Meeting Speaker: 
Dr. Beard
Parking and Directions (View Map)

Meetings are held in the Science & Research building at the University of Houston Main Campus. The novice meeting is in room 116, the general meeting is in room 117.

NOTE NEW PARKING INFORMATION: Parking is available in lot 15C. Refer to the Google Map below for directions. This parking is available from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on the Friday night of the HAS meeting.

This parking is free. If you get a notice from the UH campus police on the night of the meeting, call the UH Security office and let them know that this area has been made available on HAS meeting night by the Parking Department.


Map to Parking

November 11, 2017, 4:45PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and warm clothes, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

6:30-7:30 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.

7:30-8:00 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

8:00-9:30 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.

The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 10 pm light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to stephenj@astronomyhouston.org (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

November 15, 2017, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - November

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

December 16, 2017, 5:00PM: WSIG/Texas 45 Winter Class - Catch up

This is the last session of the 2017 Class of the HAS Texas 45. Let’s finish up! Bring binoculars, a red flashlight, and a planisphere if you have them. The observatory will be open with two telescopes reserved. 

  • Sunset is 5:27 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available. Fyi, bananas help you stay awake.
  • RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org. Open to all members who have taken the online site orientation. Space is limitted.
  • Don’t forget to reserve a bunk: HASBooking@astronomyhouston.org
  • Note: The online site orientation training is required before using the observatory with a trained telescope operator.

Get in those last few objects to receive your HAS Texas 45 certificate and pin at the January 2018 meeting!

December 20, 2017, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - December

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

January 05, 2018, 8:00PM: WSIG Texas 45 Graduation

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